Aug. 22, 2012 - McDougle Elementary became the second Klein ISD campus to garner a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant as a part of a campaign by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with USDA. The campus was awarded $4,000 funded by Dairy MAX, Inc. to implement healthy eating and physical fitness programs for its students and community.
"Our families will be so excited to learn of the plans to install a safe, outdoor environment equipped with newly-constructed soccer goals for students and their families," said Principal Lynn Brown. "We are especially excited to partner with the food services department to promote healthy snacks and nutritious alternatives for everyone on campus."
The Klein ISD food services department applied for the grant on behalf of McDougle after realizing the campus' need of additional resources for providing timely school meals, and could benefit from renovations to their soccer field. The grant will be split with $2,000 going towards building new soccer goals on campus, and the other half toward the purchase of mobile carts and materials to expand the Breakfast in the Classroom program.
"Through Breakfast in the Classroom, we are not only able to give valuable learning time back to the students and teachers, but also provide healthy alternatives to the students to get them started in their day with a good breakfast," said Jamal Hazzan, director of the food services department.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school. Students can win prizes, such as NFL player visits or Super Bowl tickets, for choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day. Upon winning the grant, McDougle was entered into a drawing held later this year with other Houston area schools to meet Owen Daniels with the Houston Texans.